It’s vital that we don’t underestimate or become complacent about the dangers of not wearing a seat belt correctly or avoiding wearing one completely. People are twice as likely to die in car crashes if they don’t wear seat belts. Many people still opt not to use seat belts during seat belts, putting themselves and others at serious risk.
Dangers of not wearing a seat belt correctly and why they are compulsory
It may seem hard to compute now but there once as a time when wearing seat belts wasn’t a legal requirement. Before the early 1990s, only those travelling in the front of a car were required to use seat belts. Prior to 1983, even those in the front didn’t have to wear them. It’s estimated that tens of thousands of lives have been saved because of seat belts since 1983. There are some exceptions to rules about seat belts being compulsory – for instance, reversing drivers and those in a car used for fire, rescue and police services don’t have to wear them, but they are required to be worn in most circumstances.
If you don’t wear a seat belt or are not wearing a seat belt correctly and the car you are in comes to a sudden halt or is in a crash, you could be thrown through the windshield. Seat belts are designed to prevent contact between the interior of vehicles and their occupants in the event of crashes and jolts and can reduce and prevent injuries being sustained in crashes. Head restraints and airbags are more effective when being used alongside seat belts.
Seat belts can greatly reduce your chances of sustaining head and brain injuries in a crash and they can be the difference between surviving and death. The fact that your seat belt stops you being thrown from your vehicle means other drivers can avoid becoming part of the accident. They won’t need to swerve or brake suddenly to avoid you and more lives can be saved. Seat belts can also help you avoid internal bleeding, spinal injuries and broken bones. Tough penalties await those who are caught not wearing seat belts. Before your journey begins, you’re advised to check your belt is securely fastened. Not wearing a seat belt correctly can have fatal consequences.
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Date Published: May 2, 2017
Author: Accident Advice